When called to a crime scene, Native American sheriff Mace Sheridan found not only evidence of foul play but also a beautiful woman in her own private hell. Small-town waitress Nicole Ferris didn't ask for help, yet every protective bone in her body yearned to carry her off to his ranch. As Mace conducted his investigation, he didn't like how Nicole avoided answering his questions about her life . Except he felt a growing need to reassure her she'd be safe with him, no matter what secrets she kept. The farther Mace followed a dangerous trail, the more he and Nicole discovered a terrifying truth-you can never escape your past. But would this keep them from haveing a future together?